December 1, 2015
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Yeast Infection in Women and Men (cont.)

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Are there home remedies to treat a vaginal yeast infection?

Yeast infection is treated using antifungal drugs. Both prescription and over-the-counter remedies are available that are effective in treating vaginal yeast infections. Nonprescription drugs are the best home remedy for yeast infections, and they can cure most yeast infections (see next section).

What over-the-counter (OTC) medications are available to treat a vaginal yeast infection?

Topical antibiotic (antifungal) treatments (applied directly to the affected area) are available without a prescription. These include vaginal creams, tablets, or suppositories. Regimens vary according to the length of treatment and may be 1-, 3-, or 7-day regimens. Recurrent infections may require even longer courses of topical treatment.

Examples of over-the-counter drugs for yeast infections include:

  • clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex),
  • miconazole (Micatin, Monistat),
  • terconazole (Terzol), and
  • nystatin (Mycostatin).

Homeopathic methods have not been adequately studied for clinicians to recommend them and anti –itch medications treat only the itching symptoms but do not treat the underlying cause (yeast infection).

When are oral prescription medications used to treat a vaginal yeast infection?

Oral prescription medications, taken in pill or tablet form, can be used to treat recurrent yeast infections or infections that do not respond to topical treatment. Fluconazole (Diflucan) is typically used as the first-choice oral antifungal medicine. Other drugs, like itraconazole (Sporanox), may sometimes be used. These drugs may also be taken as weekly or monthly maintenance for women who have recurrent yeast infections, but it is first necessary to prove by culture that recurrent infections are occurring. Oral antifungal medications should not be used by pregnant women.

Oral medications also have more side effects, including nausea, headache, and abdominal pain, than topical medicines.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/17/2015


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